It’s time to make Canadian healthcare sustainable
2020-01-13 from thespec.com
What's the point of passing a law if it isn't properly enforced? Certainly this question applies to the Canada Health Act.
The mandate letter to new federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu asked her to "continue to ensure compliance with the Canada Health Act on matters of private delivery and extra billing." Unfortunately, persistently ignored are sections of the CHA regarding portability of benefits and resolution of physician disputes by binding arbitration. Consider a few examples:
Last spring, Ontario announced that it would cancel out-of-country OHIP coverage, which had been up to $400 per day for ICU care. Of note is that several provinces had been paying less but had not been penalized, e.g. $75 for BC and $100 for Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec and New Brunswick. The CHA requires payment at the interprovincial daily rate which, for the ICU, is about $5,000; only PEI and the three territories comply.
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